Countdown to 5K! – #70 – Gorky Park (1983)

This is my 4945th Review

Original Rating prediction – 8/10


“Promise me I can have your face when the breath has left your body.” – Professor Andreev

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A Soviet detective tries to solve a murder in a prominent Moscow Park while avoiding all of the political maneuverings that seem to be connected to his case.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it was on cable in the 80’s but never had much interest in seeing it.

When I came across the title in my search for films for this series, I immediately snapped it up in order to finally see if it is worth it.

They do a great job keeping this film interesting and intriguing throughout.

It’s a fun whodunit which allows for so many nice twists and turns along the way that they help keep you guessing as to what is truly going on.

William Hurt isn’t one of my favorite actors, but he does a nice job in this film as the Soviet detective trying to solve this very strange murder and he is able to do a wonderful job trying to avoid all of the various pitfalls thrown his way as he becomes committed to solving this case.

The fact that this film was written and filmed during the height of the Cold War helps show much little the West really knew about that world during that time yet, it still stays interesting despite this.

The story has a few very blatant plot holes thrown throughout and they slightly hurt the integrity of the story, yet they still are able to make this work despite this.

The supporting cats of the movie is spectacular and we get to see Brian Dennehey, Lee Marvin, Joanna Pacula and Ian Bannan giving great performances here.

The biggest and best surprise for me tho was the fact that Ian McDiarmid was in this film and we get to see how Senator Palpatine looked when he was younger which is great to see especially knowing that Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) came out in the very same year.

Bottom Line – Very interesting and intriguing whodunit that manages to keep things enjoyable from start to finish. Hurt is great in the lead and he does his best to try and avoid so many pitfalls along the way. The fact that this film was conceived and made during the height of the Cold War shows how much speculation there was at the time about how things worked in Russia. The story has a few blatant plot holes that slightly hurt the integrity of it all, yet still is able to work despite that. The supporting cast is also great with Bannen, Dennehey, Marvin, Pacula all giving great performances The biggest surprise for me was having McDiarmid in this film especially since this film came out the same year as Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983).  The twists and turns work well and it’s an enjoyable thriller. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The last third of Martin Cruz Smith’s “Gorky Park” novel takes place in New York, USA but this was changed to Stockholm, Sweden for the movie as scriptwriter Dennis Potter didn’t like it. Stockholm was more ‘Cold War’ cinematic. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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